Lent Madness: Methodius vs. Albert Schweitzer

March 7, 2016 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Methodius vs. Albert Schweitzer


About today’s match up from Lent Madness:

We begin with the third matchup of the Saintly Sixteen, where we continue to encounter saintly Quirks and Quotes, as Methodius faces Albert Schweitzer. To get to this round, Methodius beat his brother Cyril in the Slavic Smackdown® while Schweitzer grilled Lawrence.

Friday’s results:

On the Lent madness site, Absalom eked out at 52% win over Joseph. Meanwhile, on the St. Luke’s Blog, we were evenly split between Joseph and Absalom. It only gets tougher, folks.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.


Saint Methodius – patron saint of all of Europe, not too shabby – is often best known for being paired with his little brother, Cyril. Together they took the Gospel into the Slavic regions of Europe, helping the people to experience word and sacrament in their native languages.

This would be enough for some, but not for Methodius.

Methodius’ ministry without his brother was also filled with excitement and passion for a church that changes and adapts to new languages and cultures.

Following Cyril’s death, Pope Adrian II appointed Methodius as Archbishop of Moravia and Pannonia. Suffice it to say that the German bishops in the area were not fans Read more here.

DBP_1975_830_Albert_SchweitzerAlbert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer was 19-years-old studying theology at Strasbourg when he had an epiphany. He was reading Matthew 10 in Greek. As Jesus sends out and receives the disciples, he tells them, “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.” Schweitzer understood these words to be a call on his life as well.

He would later write, “You must give some time to your neighbors. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a another’s help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.” 11 years later, as a medical doctor, he would move with his family to Lambaréné in French Equatorial Africa (modern Gabon) and begin to live out that commission.

While in Africa, and while Albert Einstein was working on a scientific explanation that would explain and link together all physical aspects of the universe, Schweitzer was developing an all-encompassing moral theory that he called “Reverence for Life.” He wrote of this ethic, “It is good to maintain and further life; it is bad to damage and destroy life. And this ethic, profound, universal, has the significance of a religion. It is religion.”....Read more here.

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